Heyl Royster

Joseph Guyette

Champaign, IL

Joined Firm in 2004

Joe handles a wide variety of civil and Workers' Compensation cases aggressively and efficiently.

  • Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional
  • Licensed in Illinois and Indiana state and federal courts
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Joseph Guyette

Attorney in Champaign, IL

Joe has handled cases from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal, and is licensed in Illinois and Indiana. He concentrates his practice on defending Workers' Compensation, trucking, premises liability, and motor vehicle claims. As a Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional, he regularly counsels clients regarding the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and offers strategies for resolving claims while limiting potential Medicare liability.

Joe's Workers' Compensation practice focuses on dockets throughout central Illinois, and he regularly represents clients at the Urbana and Springfield dockets. He has tried dozens of cases and handled appeals through the Commission, trial, and appellate court. Joe is the former chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section Council, where he continues to present at their annual ISBA Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar.

Additionally, Joe has represented various defendants in tort and civil claims throughout Central Illinois and Western Indiana and has successfully tried a number of cases to verdict in bench and jury trials. He has represented clients in state and federal Courts, the appellate court, and the Court of Claims.

Joe began his legal career at Heyl Royster as a Summer Associate in the Champaign office and joined the firm as an Associate after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law. While in law school, he served as the Articles Editor for the University's Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. Joe is a member of the 40 under Forty Class of 2015 and has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer℠.



J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

B.S., Bowling Green State University, Environmental Science

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

State Courts of Indiana

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Professional Affiliations

Champaign County Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Workers’ Compensation Section Council, Former Chair

Community Involvement

Carle CORE, Past Steering Committee and Fundraising Event Chair

Promise Health, Past Vice-Chair

United Way

University of Illinois YMCA, Past Board of Governors



“Medicare and Workers' Compensation Issues,” Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Update (2021)

“Coordinating Medicare and CMS,” Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Update (Spring 2020)

“Workers' Compensation Education,” University of Illinois (2020)

“Impairment and the Shifting Burden,” Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Update (Fall 2019)

“Shining a Light on Investigation of New Claims and Preservation of Evidence/Evidentiary Issues for the Claims Adjuster,” Heyl Royster's 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar (2018)

“The Minor League: Taking Care of Junior - Settlement and Closure of Minor’s Claims,” Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar (2017)

“High Impact Defense of Low Impact Accidents,” Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar (2016)

“Compensability of Psychological Injuries,” ISBA Advanced Workers’ Compensation Seminar (2015)

“Taking Depositions of AMA Doctors,” ISBA Advanced Workers’ Compensation Seminar (2014)

“News from the Commission,” Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar (2014)


"A Primer on Recent Cases Impacting Workers’ Compensation Defense," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2016)

"A Disturbing Trend In Recent WC Appellate Decisions," Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2013)

"Amputations," Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2012)

"Review of a Workers' Compensation Claim," Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2011)

"Settlement Contracts – New Law and What You Need to Know," Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2009)


  • Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media
  • Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media℠, 2015 – 2019
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, 2012 – 2019
  • 40 Under Forty by Central Illinois Business Magazine, 2015
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